OLD AIRSHIP DESIGN PLUS TODAY’S ENHANCEMENTS MIGHT CREATE NEW AVIATION ENTERPRISES

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ARTICLE: Airship coming to the Wine Country

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The basic concepts for the design, construction and use of Airships are old, but the operational characteristics and updates to these basic vehicles warrant consideration of the beautiful, graceful air machines. Today’s on-board avionics, the quieter characteristics of propellers and new materials for constructing Zeppelins expand their potential economic utilization in numerous ways. Dirigibles today offer a comfortable, unique platform for viewing the scenery that flows beneath these vehicles. Their enhanced safety and quieter profile creates new, interesting and economical options.

The original primary use was for Transatlantic carriage of passengers. The current market might be interested in taking their time on one leg of that journey. A technologically advanced Zeppelin might entice customers to have a relaxed passage from east to west or west to east and hear the sounds of the ocean, see birds, whales and other animals that live at sea.

The observation deck of an Airship, as noted in this article, provides an incredible view of the Napa Valley, the Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone Park, the Everglades or any of the natural vistas. These airships will bring such beauty to a large segment of the population who would be barred by some of the physical requirements of these sites.

Old airships might create new aviation enterprises. The FAA rules, which define both the manufacture and operation of these great aeronautical inventions, offer opportunities.

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